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How To Recycle Planting Containers Into A Planting Tower

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Recycled container garden tower made from upsadaisy planter inserts.

Recycle Old Plastic Containers Into A Planting Tower

Recycling means more than simply melting down aluminum cans and reusing them. It is also reclaiming old material and finding creative ways to make it new again. A Old containers with new paint on them.    perfect example is finding ways to be more sustainable in the garden, such as reusing old containers and transforming them into something new. Above you see a series of old plastic containers which have been painted, filled with soil, and reused instead of throw away.

It is easy to transform these old containers. First step is to wash and paint the containers. Washing is important so the paint is able to form a strong bond. imageBe sure to paint the inside brim as well as the outside of the pots.

Next step is to place an Ups-A-Daisy insert inside each of the pots. Place the tower where you would like it to sit for the season – it is too heavy and difficult to move AFTER you fill theStacking recycled plant containers      containers completely with soil.

Next, fill the containers with soil (I used Organic Mechanics Soil because of its strong water retention qualities). Stack carefully, being sure the containers are securely balanced.

Plant with appropriate plants for the sun conditions you have set the tower in. This will be full sun for my container situation, and I have used the following annuals to make a strong summer splash: Wave Petunia – TidalWave Silver, Wave Petunia – Easy Wave Violet, Euphorbia – Breathless White, Sweet Potato Vine – Marguerite Ipomoea, and Angelonia Serena Purple.

Watering in the plants very well is critical, particularly in a full sun situation. I have rain barrels I utilize for the water, which is a sustainable way to save money and use less water in your household.

Watering in the recycled container tower

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  1. This is fabulous…. love it! I want to make one back in my greenhouse landscaping. YOU always have the best shares – and they fit my budget too ( cheap!)

  2. Die kachel van je vind ik prachtig! Je verhaal doet me denken aan alle kampeervakanties met koken op een houtvuurtje en campinggasje.Heb je ook een overdekt stuk,dat je met een milde regenbui droog zit? Groeten Izerina

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